I’ve written here about the Kindle twice before. When it was first released in late 2007, I predicted that it was going to be a hit, and many really smart friends (and my wife) told me I was dead wrong and that it was going to be a flop.
Then, when the Kindle 2 was released in early 2009, I wrote about it again, and said that the only reason I didn’t buy one was that I had gotten used to reading books using Stanza on my iPhone. Now, of course, I have an iPad, and I read ebooks on that. But the iPad has some significant disadvantages as an ebook reader. It’s heavy in the hand; you have to prop it on something or put it on a table. It’s too big to fit in a jacket pocket (except for my ScottEVest jacket), and the iPad, having email, tends to interrupt my reading experience. And the Kindle has that just-about-forever battery life.
I’d been thinking that I was going to try a Kindle when it hit the magic $99 price point. So after today’s Amazon announcements, I sprang for the $99 Kindle Touch (the one with the ads, because I’m pretty good at ignoring ads, the ads don’t interfere with the reading experience, and I didn’t mind saving $40). I’ll report back when the thing arrives in November. We’ll see if I like it or not. But my track record so far has been pretty good.